Essay on Book Review on Blood Red Snow

1547 Words May 1st, 2013 7 Pages
Blood Red Snow, by Gunter K. Koschorrek is a graphic rendition of the German War in the Eastern front, which began in 1942. Koschorrek is a former German soldier who kept a frequent account of his experience in the steppes of Russia and the advancement of the German battalion in Stalingrad. Written as a memoir, Koschorrek’s writing serves as a first hand account of the tank and cavalry warfare in the Eastern front. Rather than glorifying the heroic aspects of death and destruction in war, Koschorrek’s strives to give a realistic account of the bitter struggle and retreat of the German army during World War II. His documentation of his experiences in Blood Red Snow serves as a tribute to the survivors as well as the fallen soldiers of the …show more content…
At this point, Koschorrek accounts how the true nature of warfare became clear and how the soldiers slowly began to lose their glorious aspirations of war. After an incident in which a sergeant commands the soldiers to be wary of the water in a well at a farm rest stop, we can see the depravity the soldiers suffered during the war. This specific incident highlights the struggles the German soldiers faced in survival. The villages and farms were either pillaged to nothingness or destroyed beyond recognition by retreating Soviet troops to prevent German units from gaining access to provisions. In these cases, especially in times of supply shortages, German soldiers often starved or were poisoned by anything left behind. When Gunter Koschorrek and his supply convoy enter Stalingard on November 13th, they are greeted by a sight that sharply contrasts the news they’ve been receiving on the progress of the war on the Eastern front. Stalingard was pulverized and covered in debris, but not because of Germanic assaults, but due to the merciless assails of the Soviet soldiers, the Ivans, and Russian T-34 tanks. Koschorrek, along with two other men from his unit were forced to weave through Russian troops in order to deliver supplies to their unit. Forced into defense, the German stations were completely destroyed and the surviving members of the unit were forced to take refuge in surrounding buildings in order to avoid

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